‘Managing fluid intake is often a balancing act when you have kidney disease. Here, the Kidney (Renal) Dietitians give tips to help you with this tricky part of the Kidney (Renal) Diet’
When your kidneys are not working properly, you may not be able to get rid of enough fluid from your body. A build up of fluid can lead to problems such as high blood pressure, swelling of the ankles & shortness of breath. How much fluid you should have each day depends amongst other things on how much kidney function you have left, if you are on dialysis or not, and how much urine you pass.
If you require any changes to your fluid intake (a fluid allowance) as part of your kidney diet, Your Kidney (Renal) Dietitian will have this information and will develop an individualised fluid and kidney diet plan for you.
Tips to help you manage your fluid intake and your kidney diet:
Reduce thirst by reducing salt
Reduce Volume of fluid
Typical household measures to help you add up your fluid intake each day:
A mug = 300mls
A Standard Water Glass = 200mls
A Small cup = 150mls
A Tablespoon = 15mls
A small ice cube = 15ml
Avoid a Dry Mouth – keep it Fresh!